43-year-old Christopher Ivan Turner of Taylorsville was arrested Sunday (March 25) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine along with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Turner was placed in jail under $5,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is scheduled for April 16.
19-year-old Jared Anthony Stinson of Connelly Springs Road in Lenoir was arrested last Wednesday (March 21) by Lenoir Police Officers. According to a news release issued Monday (March 26), Stinson was charged with felony counts of possession of marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and maintaining a dwelling to keep controlled substance.
Last Wednesday, investigators with the Lenoir Police Department Narcotics Unit along with agents with the Caldwell County ICE Unit executed a narcotics search warrant at 405 Connelly Springs Road, Apartment 204. This concluded a month long investigation into reported drug distribution from the apartment.
During the search, investigators located over 1.5 pounds of high grade marijuana. According to North Carolina State Guidelines, the seized marijuana was valued at $6,400. Investigators also located and seized more than $5900 in U.S. currency.
Bond for Stinson was set at $9,000 secured. His next District Court date is scheduled for April 12.
On Monday (March 26), Maiden Police Officers were notified that a credit card “skimmer” device had been found inside a gas pump at the Circle K convenience store at 1200 East Main Street in Maiden.
A credit card “skimmer” is a device that is used to capture credit card or debit card information for an unauthorized third party. There are several kinds of “skimmer” devices in use. The device found in this case had been attached inside one of the gas pumps. The device was not visible from the exterior and the pump was operating normally.
Maiden Police investigators believe that the “skimmer” device was inserted into the gas pump on Saturday, March 17 and was likely active until Monday morning.
The device was discovered after a customer reported unauthorized charges on a debit card used at the pump. After receiving the customer report; store staff opened and inspected the credit card reader portion of the gas pump and located the device. Store staff then notified Maiden Police. The gas pump was taken out of service until the device was removed.
Anyone who used the gas pump card reader at the store between Saturday, March 17 and 8:30 a.m. Monday, March 26, is encouraged to examine their bank and/or credit card records for unauthorized charges. If you used this gas pump and discover unauthorized charges on your credit or debit card; contact the Maiden Police Department at 828-428-5005.
42-year-old Michael Brian Sherrod of Taylorsville was arrested March 13 by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. According to information released Monday (March 26), Sherrod was charged with felony probation violation on a warrant from Forsyth County. He was placed in jail under $50,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for April 23 in Winston Salem.
41-year-old William Louis Eggers of Taylorsville was arrested March 18 by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. According to information released Monday (March 26) Eggers was charged with felony failure to report a new address as a sex offender. Following the arrest, Eggers was placed in jail under $115,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is April 9.
A teenager reported missing has been found safe. A Silver Alert was issued early Monday morning (March 26) for 17-year-old Sidney Harper, who was last seen at a residence on East Court Street in Marion.
A Sergeant with the Marion Police Department told WHKY that Miss Harper was found Monday in McDowell County by the McDowell County Sheriff's Office and she has been returned to the custody of the Department of Social Services, which is who she was with when she went missing.
Authorities in Morganton are investigating the death of a man who was found in a home Sunday (March 25). Authorities say it appears the man may have been murdered. At 6:48 p.m. Sunday, Morganton Public Safety Officers responded to 607 Valdese Ave Apt. B-307 in reference to a deceased person. When they arrived they found the body of 57-year-old Hubert Roland Hunter Jr.
According to a news release from the Morganton Department of Public Safety, evidence suggests that Mr. Hunter was the victim of a homicide. Investigators have searched the victim’s apartment and interviewed multiple residents within the complex. Morganton Public Safety and the State Bureau of Investigation are continuing to investigate all leads.
Anyone having information regarding the death of Hubert Roland Hunter Jr. is asked to contact Morganton Public Safety at 828-437-1211 or call Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.
52-year-old Johnny Eugene Clemmons of 2nd Street Court S.W. in Hickory was served a bill of indictment by Hickory Police just before 11 o’clock Friday night (March 23) on one felony count of malicious conduct by a prisoner.
Clemmons was arrested in connection to an incident on December 14 of last year when Hickory Police responded to reports of a suspicious person at a restaurant on Union Square. Clemmons was located and arrested for public intoxication & disruptive behavior. While in custody, the suspect spat on an Officer.
Clemmons was taken into custody Friday at an address on 3rd Avenue S.E. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for May 21 in Newton.
52-year-old Jeffrey Devon Turner of Signal Hill Drive in Statesville was arrested by Hickory Police at 12:25 Friday afternoon (March 23) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and stalking, plus two misdemeanor domestic violence protection order violations and one count of domestic criminal trespass.
He was arrested in connection to an incident on March 17 when Hickory Police responded to a domestic-related break-in at a residence on the 200 block of 7th Street S.W. Turner was taken into custody without incident Friday at a pharmacy on Fairgrove Church Road S.E.
He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $30,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for April 2 in Newton.
36-year-old Jason Anthony Riddle of Drumstand Road in Stony Point was arrested by Conover Police yesterday (March 25) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.
Riddle was wanted in Dickenson County, Virginia on a larceny charge. He was charged with petite larceny by the Clintwood Police Department. It was at least a third offense for the suspect, making the charge a class six felony. Riddle is accused of taking two packages of shorts from a Dollar General Store.
Following his arrest Sunday, Riddle was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $50,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.
55-year-old Danny Mark Bye of Charleston, South Carolina, was arrested March 8 by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. A news release issued today (March 26) says that Bye is charged with felony counts of trafficking heroin by transport and possession, and felony maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for the sale of controlled substance.
On March 8 at approximately 4:15 p.m. a deputy with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) Team performed a traffic stop on Interstate 77 South at Mile Marker 60 on a Hertz rental vehicle, a 2017 Kia Soul registered from the State of Tennessee. The vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation.
While conducting the stop the officer came into contact with Danny Mark Bye. Bye said he was returning to Charleston from Detroit, Michigan. As the deputy was speaking with Bye he reportedly appeared nervous and was unable to speak clearly when asked questions. Due to the suspect's behavior, the officer asked for consent to search his vehicle and consent was granted.
A total of 30.4 grams of heroin was found in some clothing in the front passenger seat. An additional 1.0 grams was located in Bye’s wallet. Upon completion of the search Bye was arrested and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where bond was set at $2,000,000. A District Court appearance is scheduled Tuesday (March 27).
48-year-old Donald Eugene Robinson was arrested Sunday (March 25) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation. Robinson was arrested at 5 p.m. Sunday and placed in jail in Morganton under no bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday (March 27).
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered teenager. Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for Sidney Harper, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
Miss Harper is a 17-year-old white female, she is 5' 5" and weighs 150 pounds with blonde medium length hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt and blue jeans. She was last seen at 145 East Court Street in Marion and was traveling west on that road. Miss Harper's vehicle is described as a blue sedan.
Anyone with information about Sidney Harper should call Lt Jenkins at the Marion Police Department at 828-652-3231.
29-year-old Haley Boyles Gantt of Charleston Trail in Cherryville was arrested Friday (March 23) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance, one felony count of possession of schedule VI controlled substance, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of felony probation violation and one misdemeanor court of speeding to elude arrest.
The arrest occurred following a vehicle chase in western Lincoln County, the chase happened during an attempt to serve outstanding warrants on Gantt. Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives went to a residence in the 6400 block of Charleston Trail in Cherryville, to serve the warrants but no one answered the door.
Before officers left the area they noticed a truck speed away from the area. Detectives attempted to stop the vehicle which led to a chase that spanned close to five miles and ended on East Stagecoach Road near Lawndale. The driver, Haley Boyles Gantt, who is on supervised probation for drug charges, was found to be the driver and sole occupant of the truck.
Gantt was arrested on the scene and North Carolina Probation and Parole officers responded to the scene to assist with a search of Gantt’s vehicle. Seized during the search of the truck were methamphetamine, opioids, marijuana, cash and various items of drug paraphernalia.
Gantt was transported to the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center where she was ordered held without bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (March 26).
46-year-old Christopher Matthew Hambrick of Floral Drive in Lenoir was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and misdemeanor larceny. Hambrick is also charged with two counts of failure to appear. He was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (March 26) under $25,500 bond. Superior Court appearances are scheduled for April 30 and May 14 and a District Court date is set for May 31.
50-year-old Jeffrey Alan Arthur, whose address is not listed, was arrested Sunday (March 25) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. In addition, Arthur is charged with resisting a public officer, injury to real property, and three counts of failure to appear on drug counts. Arthur was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $42,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled today (March 26) and April 16.
29-year-old Amanda Renee Miller of Dunn Road in Hickory was arrested Sunday (March 25) by Granite Falls Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Miller was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (March 26).
31-year-old Brandi Buchanan Arney of Stone Mountain Road in Lenoir was arrested Friday (March 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Arney was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday (March 27).
More information has been released on a drug arrest first reported Friday morning (March 23) by WHKY.
37-year-old Samuel Ibarra of Pharr, Texas, was arrested Thursday (March 22) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force, which consists of the Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, received information from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office in Independence, Virginia. The information, which was received Thursday (March 22) led to the seizure of 3-1/2 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.
The information came from an investigation conducted by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force. Investigators found the crystal meth hidden in a remote location off the side of the roadway.
Ibarra was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $200,000 bond. He was also being held under a federal detainer. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Friday.
Multiple collisions in Lenoir involving the same vehicle resulted in injuries to several people.
According to a news release from the Lenoir Police Department, at approximately 7:26 a.m. Friday (March 23), a 2001 Chevrolet pickup, driven by Luke Calhoun, was traveling north on Creekway Drive. Based on preliminary investigation, Calhoun’s vehicle crossed three travel lanes and into opposite lanes of travel. Calhoun first collided into a 2007 Lexus sport utility vehicle, driven by Dawn Martin, causing it to lose control before coming to rest in the center lane. Calhoun continued north in the right southbound lane before colliding head-on with a 2016 Chrysler van, driven by Rachel Greer.
Rachel Greer and passenger Velvie Smith were transported to Caldwell UNC Healthcare and soon after flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Both sustained multiple injuries and were last reported to be in critical condition. The eight-year-old passenger in Greer’s vehicle was treated at Caldwell UNC Healthcare and released.
Luke Calhoun was transported to Caldwell UNC Healthcare for treatment and released. The six-year-old passenger in Calhoun’s vehicle was taken to Caldwell UNC Healthcare and later transported to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem for further treatment. Her condition was last reported to be stable. Dawn Martin was not injured in the crash.
As of Friday evening, Luke Calhoun had been charged with driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, and a lane control violation. Investigation into the motor vehicle crash is continuing and additional charges are pending.
No further information is available for release at this time. Anyone with information about the case should call the Lenoir Police Department at 828-757-2100 or report anonymously to Lenoir/Caldwell County Crimestoppers at 828-758-8300.